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Graham: National Guard troops not enough to secure U.S.-Mexico border

Graham: National Guard troops not enough to secure U.S.-Mexico border
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Defense: Biden sends message with Syria airstrike | US intel points to Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi killing | Pentagon launches civilian-led sexual assault commission Graham: Trump will 'be helpful' to all Senate GOP incumbents John Boehner tells Cruz to 'go f--- yourself' in unscripted audiobook asides: report MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE’s call to send troops to the southern border won’t be enough to address the flow of illegal immigration to the U.S. 

“There makes some sense to send soldiers to the border, but you’re not going to secure a border just by adding National Guard troops,” Graham said on ABC’s “This Week.”

He added that “building a wall alone won’t do anything,” referencing Trump’s signature promise on immigration. 

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Trump announced last week that he was ordering thousands of National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to help stop illegal border crossings until a wall can be constructed.

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisRejoining the Iran nuclear deal would save lives of US troops, diplomats The soft but unmatched power of US foreign exchange programs The GOP senators likely to vote for Trump's conviction MORE signed off on the request on Friday. The memo states that troops will not perform law enforcement activities. It does not state how much the mission will cost.

Arizona and Texas have both said they will send troops to the border starting this weekend.

Graham on Sunday argued it would be more effective to address the underlying reasons that people try to leave Central American countries and Mexico for the United States.

“We have two borders: One with Canada, one with Mexico,” Graham said. “I’ve never met an illegal Canadian. The point is that Canada has a sound economy. People to the south of us do not.”